Freedom and Culture Author:Dorothy Lee In this well-known collection of essays, Dorothy Lee offers her readers an expedition into various world cultures, an imaginary field trip that reveals different views of autonomy, concepts of the individual in society, and interpretations of personal freedom. Dorothy Lee brings Wintu, Hopi, Tikopia, Trobriand, and many other cultures into focus... more », often contrasting them with our social structure, delineating the differences in language patterns, experience of time, responsibilities as citizens of a community, and the appreciation of individual expression. The point of view of this work, a unique perspective on these contemporary materials, is achieved through Dorothy Lee's ability to fuse the anthropologist's contact with many cultures and a personal concern with the immediate responsibilities of citizenship, homelife, and motherhood. The result is a blending of science an the humanities-a readable, warm, and concrete account of freedom, being, and existence. Dorothy Lee's work provides possible alternatives to the social direction often thoughtlessly followed by modern man. Not prescriptive or "angry," it implicitly challenges the sophistication and stimulates the creative imagination of the reader.« less
This book changed my life in the 1970s. I read it for a cultural anthropology course and it completely opened my mind in regard to understanding that there are so many different perceptions of reality than those that the western world, and indeed speakers of English, have. The chapters on the different cultures Wintu, Tikopia - and especially how their language shapes their experience of language, time, relationships etc. is fascinating. I've read thousands of books in my lifetime, and even after 35 years, would still list this book as one of the ten most important and influential books I've ever read. Don't miss it!